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Flood areas: Even small amounts of precipitation could become a problem

Contrary to previous fears, the night remains almost dry in the flood areas.

Update from Sunday, July 25th, 2021, 8.45 a.m.: Last night in the flood areas in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia – contrary to previous fears – remained almost dry. After some rainfall on Saturday afternoon, it hardly rained in the regions during the night, said a spokeswoman for the German Weather Service (DWD) on Sunday morning.

In the northern Eifel, for example, an average of five to ten liters of rain fell per square meter on Saturday. The spokeswoman also emphasized that in the current situation, even small amounts of precipitation could become a problem, as drains are clogged and the sewer systems are damaged.

There were heavy thunderstorms at night in southern Germany, where it rained, especially south of the Danube, sometimes heavily. And there could be strong thunderstorms again on Sunday, said the DWD spokeswoman. “The air is very humid and warm, so it can boil.” However, the prospects are normal for a summer day, and there were initially no severe weather warnings.

Starkregen in Rheinland-Pfalz


Sandbags are available to secure against flooding.

DWD warns of further storms

+++ 5.25 p.m.: Also in Bavaria, the DWD warns of renewed storms at the weekend. In the course of the storm front, violent thunderstorms and rain showers already occurred in some parts of Bavaria on Saturday (July 24th, 2021). The police were initially not aware of any major operations. The German Weather Service continues to warn of severe thunderstorms with heavy rain – especially on Sunday night.

The focus should therefore be on the Alps and the southern Alpine foothills. Due to heavy rainfall, there could be local flooding, it said. The flood news service Bavaria announced on Saturday that the reporting levels could not be ruled out on some rivers. Extreme flash floods are also possible there.

Warning of renewed storms with heavy rain: Voluntary evacuation of those affected

+++ 4.45 p.m.: Around one and a half weeks after the flood disaster in Rhineland-Palatinate, it is raining again in the affected areas. The German Weather Service (DWD) is assuming precipitation of a maximum of 30 to 40 liters in places, said the head of the disaster control team, Begona Hermann. Locally, the maximum value could be just 10 liters.

In the endangered areas of Schuld, Insul, Dümpelfeld and Bad Neuenahr, it should be possible to take people to an emergency shelter in Leimersdorf by shuttle bus. This is part of an evacuation offer that was made to the municipalities. But they can decide for themselves whether the residents want to accept the offer, said Hermann. The weather is not as sharp as last week. “But we have a sewage system that is no longer working.” Therefore, the rains would have a different effect than ten days ago.

The weather situation also means a setback in the schedule for the on-site workers. You might not be working as intensely now as you were before. And on Sunday morning, around 6 a.m., the weather situation could worsen, reports the dpa.

Warning of new storms: after the flood disaster, there is a risk of heavy rain again

+++ 11.15 a.m.: In the flood region in Rhineland-Palatinate, disaster control has set up emergency accommodation for the people there because of the forecast storms. According to the supervisory and service directorate, information will be provided in possibly affected locations. “The preparations are ongoing. The population is warned again on social media and leaflets are distributed, “said a spokesman on Saturday morning.

Kipplader stehen nahe Ahrbrück vor einem Zwischenlager für Müll und Bauschutt.


Removing rubble after the flood while it rains again: Tipper near Ahrbrück in Rhineland-Palatinate on July 24

Accordingly, there is no acute risk of flooding for the Ahr. Nevertheless, increased surface water is to be expected when it rains, especially in places where parts of the sewer system have been destroyed or clogged. This could lead to a new run of water in cellars locally. According to disaster control, the towns of Schuld, Insul and Dümpelfeld could be more affected by this. In addition, because of clogged inlets in the city of Bad Neuenahr and the local community of Müsch, water could be dammed up in the streets.

Storm in Germany: After the flood disaster, there is another threat of heavy rain

First report from Saturday, July 24th, 2021, 10.02 a.m.: Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler – In Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, 179 people were killed in floods. Now, according to weather forecasts for the weekend (July 24-25), there is another threat of heavy rain in the affected regions.

In Rhineland-Palatinate, the crisis team is taking appropriate precautions. The interior minister of Rhineland-Palatinate, Roger Lewentz (SPD), said in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler on Friday that there are opportunities for the population to retreat and loudspeaker warning systems. One observes the reporting situation “very, very carefully”, he added.

After the floods in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia: Another thunderstorm announced

North Rhine-Westphalia is also preparing for possible new heavy rainfalls *, reports the dpa. The NRW interior ministry wants to sensitize the fire brigade and police forces to the weather situation, said a ministry spokesman for the dpa. “The work in the crisis teams in the cities and districts will continue on the weekend to coordinate the situation on site. The same applies to the coordination group of the crisis team in the Ministry of the Interior. “

Ein Feuerwehrmann geht durch ein vom Hochwasser verursachtes Trümmerfeld während im Hintergrund der Fluss Ahr und eine von Treibgut zugespülte Brücke zu sehen sind.


A firefighter runs through a field of rubble next to the Ahr on July 16, 2021. Now there is a threat of new heavy rainfall in the affected regions.

This time, however, less rain should fall than before the flood disaster. The German Weather Service expects thunderstorms again in the flood areas on Saturday. The warning threshold will probably not exceed the amount of rain, it said on Friday. “At the moment I have no indications that there is a risk of water volumes as it was the case,” said Roger Lewentz (SPD) by analogy.

NRW and Rhineland-Palatinate: Rescue workers and residents are preparing for more rain

If the CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt has his way, a permanent national crisis team should be set up. That said the CSU politician of the “Passauer Neue Presse” (issue of July 24th, 2021). This should be borne jointly by the federal and state governments. He considers the federal structures to be correct, but “pooling all information is also very important,” said Dobrindt.

The former transport minister also criticized the fact that the communications infrastructure in the affected areas was not rebuilt quickly enough. He proposes the establishment of a mobile construction team “Communication”, which, for example, with “drones and mobile radio cells when the cell phone networks collapse in a crisis situation,” explained Dobrindt.

After the flood disaster: Former EU Commission President praises helpfulness

The former EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker praised the helpfulness and solidarity of the Germans. Compared to the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (NOZ), he spoke of an “unlikely volume of solidarity.” What had already been shown during the Oder flood: people are capable of great things in crisis situations. The federal government has meanwhile decided to provide billions in emergency aid for those affected. In total, it is about 400 million euros. (mp / dpa) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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